In a race packed with a “who’s who” of triathlon’s top performers, three-time IRONMAN World Champion Craig “Crowie” Alexander (AUS) stayed strong and outran most of his competition to capture third place at IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman this weekend. Next gen star and last year’s winner Sam Appleton (AUS) took a close 4th place after fighting for the lead throughout the race.
“Incredible effort by all of the athletes at Vineman this weekend, especially Crowie who at 43 years old continues to outlast his competition,” remarked Michael Cardoza, Human Interest Group Director. “Watching Crowie perform at this level of fitness combined with his knowledge from years of experiences just shows that maturity can give you an edge on race day.”
“Appo had an impressive day too, and though we all wished he repeated his 2015 victory, I think this is a really helpful lead in to his final training block for his goal of taking the 70.3 World Championship.
“In a packed and competitive race like Vineman, it’s great to see our crew of Crowie, Appo, Ben and Jake stacked up against their peers at this point in the season. Congrats to all!”
Overall pacing and a final run surge propelled Alexander to the Vineman podium again this year. He exited the swim in 7th place with a time of 24:28 and gained momentum during the bike leg (2:08:33). On the run, Alexander caught up with the race leaders to remain in podium contention; he clocked the 3rd fastest run of the day with a 1:13:22 run split. Alexander’s final time was of 3:49:17, approximately 30 seconds behind 2nd place finisher Tim Reed.
Alexander has stood on the podium at all of his IRONMAN 70.3 races this season, including first places in Busselton, Subic Bay, and Putrajaya.
Ben Hoffman (USA) and Jake Montgomery (AUS) also had strong performances against their elite peers, finishing 6th and 7th respectively. Montgomery claimed the second fastest swim (24:16) among the pro men and the second fastest bike (2:07:41) overall for the day.
IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman
Andy Potts (USA) 3:48:09
Tim Reed (AUS) 3:48:46
Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:49:17
Sam Appleton (AUS) 3:50:13
Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:51:47
Ben Hoffman (USA) 3:53:18
Jake Montgomery (AUS) 3:57:36